Herald Independent- RSS OPINION Feed http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION http://heraldindependent.com/section/OPINION Fri, 22 May 2015 16:39:26 EST 1800 Eligibility determination for Veterans Choice Program changing http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153453977/Eligibility-determination-for-Veterans-Choice-Program-changing To expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a veteran's place of residence and the nearest... Sat, 16 May 2015 10:55:51 EST Nonviolence for whom? http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153413660/Nonviolence-for-whom Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. Thu, 14 May 2015 17:45:54 EST Coddling the rich http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153423000/Coddling-the-rich Question: How much did Congress save taxpayers last year when it cut food stamp benefits for 16 million poor children? Wed, 13 May 2015 17:40:52 EST VA awards $93 million in SSVF grants http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153322187/VA-awards-$93-million-in-SSVF-grants Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) three-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The... Sat, 9 May 2015 14:25:51 EST The differences in our cultures http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153361395/The-differences-in-our-cultures Cultures are varied all over the world. It is very important to study other cultures, if you are going to have interactions with them. And it is always interesting to find the differences, which do not make either culture better or worse than the... Sat, 9 May 2015 13:45:52 EST Ignorance can be beneficial in certain situations http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153361369/Ignorance-can-be-beneficial-in-certain-situations Recently I received a phone call complaining about this paper's editorials. It wasn't about anything I had actually written. Instead it was a general expression of distaste for contributed opinion pieces. Fri, 8 May 2015 11:10:53 EST New website for spouse of deceased veterans http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153232070/New-website-for-spouse-of-deceased-veterans The Department of Veteran Affairs has created a new internet website for surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died on active duty and for survivors and dependents of veterans who died after leaving the service. Sun, 3 May 2015 14:50:53 EST Million miles of unfit pipeline http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153148118/Million-miles-of-unfit-pipeline Over the past seven years — while controversy raged over the Keystone XL pipeline — many newly approved oil pipelines were built, and old ones “repurposed” nationwide — with little public knowledge or opposition. Some... Sun, 3 May 2015 09:20:52 EST HeBei University of China: The key comprehensive university http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153234476/HeBei-University-of-China:-The-key-comprehensive-university As the only key comprehensive university co-established by the Province and the Ministry in Hebei Province, Hebei University is vested with great importance in the region. Sat, 2 May 2015 13:45:51 EST Money and politics: We need change now! http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153231942/Money-and-politics:-We-need-change-now I've seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. Sat, 2 May 2015 08:10:53 EST End the student loan industrial complex http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153148178/End-the-student-loan-industrial-complex On April 15, the Department of Education stated it is “working on a process to help federal student loan borrowers submit a defense to repayment of their federal student loans.” The statement came with a press release announcing that the... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:35:51 EST Ten things every veteran should know http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153051371/Ten-things-every-veteran-should-know The Vantage Point blog at the Department of Veterans Affairs website has some very useful information that most veterans should be aware of. They report: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:25:52 EST ‘Libertarians’ for ethnic cleansing http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153101770/Libertarians-for-ethnic-cleansing Usually when right-libertarians defend gentrification, they do so by framing it as an entirely spontaneous free market phenomenon, and minimizing or ignoring the state's role in promoting it. That's bad enough. But we don't usually... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:05:51 EST A dangerous and unnecessary game http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/153101777/A-dangerous-and-unnecessary-game Supporters of a national constitutional convention, as provided for in Article V of the US Constitution, have gained the support of 27 state legislatures for the idea. They need 34. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:40:52 EST Kudos to the Fairfield County Liaison office http://heraldindependent.com/news/letters/152982249/Kudos-to-the-Fairfield-County-Liaison-office Local items are important in our local news media. It is so interesting to read such in our newspaper, making the paper much more appealing. Thank you for your recent great article on our Fairfield County Liaison office and the impressive results... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:30:51 EST New computational tool for post-traumatic stress disorder http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/153015898/New-computational-tool-for-post-traumatic-stress-disorder Researchers have built a new computational tool that identifies 800 different ways people are at increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), permitting for the first time a personalized prediction guide. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:00:52 EST The inherent defectiveness of public schooling http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion/152966427/The-inherent-defectiveness-of-public-schooling The February 15 Washington Post reported that an outgoing superintendent of public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, Joshua P. Starr, is lamenting the short tenure of school superintendents. Starr took the job of school superintendent in 2011... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:10:52 EST ‘Libertarians’ for ethnic cleansing http://heraldindependent.com/news/editorial/153029205/Libertarians-for-ethnic-cleansing Usually when right-libertarians defend gentrification, they do so by framing it as an entirely spontaneous free market phenomenon, and minimizing or ignoring the state's role in promoting it. That's bad enough. But we don't usually... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:00:51 EST Chiropractic and pregnancy? Yes, you can! http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152966375/Chiropractic-and-pregnancy-Yes-you-can I seem to get this question a lot. “You cannot treat me because I am pregnant, right?” My answer is always, “Of course you can be treated.” Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:30:52 EST VA health care eligibility: Net worth no longer a factor http://heraldindependent.com/news/opinion_columns/152919804/VA-health-care-eligibility:-Net-worth-no-longer-a-factor The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to the health care benefits they've earned and deserve. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:25:51 EST